Glossary and definitions

Australia Group
Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification. Australia and most countries use the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (the Harmonized System or HS) for the classification of internationally traded goods under the auspices of the World Customs Organisation (WCO). Australia uses extensions of the HS for statistical purposes and to produce the Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (the Customs Tariff or the Tariff) to classify imports and the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) to classify exports.
Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
Challenge Inspections
Under the CWC, an inspection that can be initiated by a State Party in order to resolve suspicions about a particular facility
For CWC purposes, is defined as a process converting one chemical into another via bond rearrangement
Chemical warfare
Chemical Weapons Convention
Chemical Weapons Convention Office
Defence Export Controls
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Discrete organic chemical. For CWC purposes, a DOC is defined as any chemical belonging to the class of chemical compounds consisting of all compounds of carbon, except for its oxides, sulfides and metal carbonates, identifiable by chemical name, by structural formula, if known, and by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number, if assigned.
Discrete organic chemical containing phosphorus, sulfur or fluorine. This is a subset of chemicals covered under the definition for DOC
A plant, plant site or production/processing unit. For legal reasons, the term "Facility" as it appears in the provisions of the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 has the same meaning as "plant site".
Refers to the annual notification procedures for OCPFs under the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 and is a condition for import under Section 5J of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.
Other chemical production facility: a facility that produces discrete organic chemicals in quantities exceeding thresholds defined in the CWC.
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, in The Netherlands
For CWC purposes, is defined as a relatively self-contained area, structure or building containing one or more units for the production, processing or consumption of a chemical, along with associated infrastructure
Plant site
For CWC purposes, is defined as the local integration of one or more plants, with any intermediate administrative levels which are under one operational control and includes common infrastructure.
For CWC purposes, is defined as a physical process, such as formulation, extraction or purification in which the chemical is not converted into another chemical. Processing does not include activities such as sub-distribution and packaging.
For CWC purposes, is defined as the formation of a chemical through a chemical reaction. Production of chemicals specified by the CWC is declarable, even if produced as intermediates and irrespective of whether or not they are isolated.
Research and development
Tariff Codes
Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (the Customs Tariff or the Tariff) used to classify imports (see also AHECC).
Weapons of mass destruction. These include nuclear, chemical and biological agents or missiles capable of delivering such agents to be used as weapons

Last Updated: 20 September 2016